Two new exhibitions are opening at Charleston with the first ever showing of Duncan Grant’s erotic drawings alongside responses by six contemporary artists, and a solo presentation by Linder Sterling inspired by the history of Charleston and the Bloomsbury group.Charleston is delighted to announce details of Very Private?, the first exhibition of Duncan Grant’s recently discovered erotic drawings, which will be shown for the first time alongside new contemporary responses by artists Somaya Critchlow, Harold Offeh, Kadie Salmon, Tim Walker, Alison Wilding, and Ajamu X. The exhibition will open alongside a new installation by artist Linder, Linder: A Dream Between Sleeping and Waking, which is a multimedia response both to the history of Charleston and the work of Duncan Grant.
Exploring themes of sex, intimacy, gender, and identity, Duncan Grant’s recently uncovered erotic drawings were produced during the 1940s and 50s, a period of persecution and oppression of queer bodies and culture from the authorities, when sex between men was still illegal in England. The drawings, long feared lost or destroyed, were donated to Charleston, Grant’s former home, in 2020.
A selection of over 40 of Grant’s drawings, of varying shapes and sizes, will be brought together alongside responses by contemporary artists. Photographer Tim Walker, who photographed Charleston for Italian Vogue in 2016, will create new works inspired by Grant’s erotic drawings. The artist, curator, archivist and activist Ajamu X is producing a series of photographs that reflect the different aspects of Grant’s work. ....
17 September 2022–12 March 2023
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